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Hollywood’s Top 10 Craziest Movie Cars!

Published August 8, 2016

It’s Hollywood…..they can do whatever they want because it’s just smoke and mirrors right?? We love to lose ourselves in the world of movies because it allows us to escape from reality and just have fun playing make believe. However, some of the more popular cars appearing in our favorite movies have become iconic collectibles and are still being talked about today. Let’s look at the Top 10 Craziest Hollywood movie cars:

1984 Ford Econoline from Dumb and Dumber

There was nothing special about Ford’s Econoline vans, I mean they are mostly used as company vehicles to transport supplies or cargo. But the van used in the movie Dumb and Dumber was far from your standard van. Its nickname was the “Shaggin Waggin” because it was draped in what looked like dog fur and had a “Mutt Cutts” sign on each side to announce that this was no ordinary van. The front end of the van was made to look like a dog’s nose and mouth, complete with its tongue hanging out. It was also equipped with floppy ears and articulated legs over the rear tires. Harry and Lloyd were not able to rely on this vehicle for any high speed get-a-ways but it gets a nod for uniqueness.

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1976 AMC Pacer Mirthmobile from Wayne’s World

It all started from a SNL (Saturday Night Live) skit spin off, but Wayne’s World became a Hollywood smash hit and spawned a crazy car that otherwise would be hideous. The AMC Pacer was produced from 1975 to 1980 and never was what you would call a cool car, but that all changed after Wayne and Garth got behind the wheel. There was nothing sexy about this bubble design, but now it makes top Hollywood car lists around the world. Maybe it’s the flames?

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1974 Dodge Monaco Bluesmobile in The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood made driving around in a decommissioned police cruiser cool. And it was no ordinary police cruiser, it was a 1974 Dodge with a 440 Magnum engine with optional squad car package. One of the scenes in the movie required the car to reach top speeds of 120 mph and the old retired sedan did the trick just fine, however, if you are a fan of the movie you will remember the cigarette lighter did not work and was thrown out the window. The facts show that approx. 13 different Bluesmobile cars were used as part of the chase scenes, which at the time set the record for most cars destroyed in one film.

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1964 Lincoln Continental Deathmobile from National Lampoon’s Animal House

Talk about a Frat party, the boys from the movie Animal House converted a borrowed Lincoln Continental into a parade destroying demolition Deathmobile. It was even sporty a one-of-a-kind hood ornament using the head of Emil Faber from his campus statue. The skull and crossbone decorated gun turret was enough to scare away everyone along the parade route. It was one crazy looking ride for sure.

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1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future

Known as one of the most famous and recognized vehicles of all-time, the car used in the Back ToThe Future Trilogy still looks good by today’s standards. A futuristic looking car designed and built by John DeLorean from 1981 – 1983 was way ahead of its time. There were a total of 9000 DMC-12’s produced but we have to wonder how many are still in action today. The car still draws a crowd when it shows up at cruise-in or car show…even attracting the younger kids who are always fascinated with the gull-wing doors.

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1976 Lotus Esprit Series 1 from The Spy Who Loved Me

Despite the fact that this car already looked cool and was driven by James Bond, the car gets extra points when it converts into a submarine in the movie. It was the first time a Bond car had transformed into anything like this. The car was named “Wet Nellie” and was a one-off build for the movie, however, the Esprit was launched at the 1975 Paris Auto Show, and producer Albert R. Broccoli had spotted a pre-production model at the Pinewood Studios in London and immediately began plans to use it as the Bond car in his next movie.

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1973 XB GT Ford Falcon from Mad Max

The magical world of the movies can transform ordinary cars into historical movie icons and that was certainly the case for the filmmakers as they designed the Mad Max pursuit vehicle to be driven by lead Mel Gibson. They started with a 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT and built it to be a radical car that a cop from the future would flex his muscles in. Plenty of ponies under the hood and special gadgets where needed……that’s what every lawman needs, right?

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1957 Plymouth Belvedere from Christine

Sixteen of these shiny red cars were used during filming and seven of those were used only for parts. They painted them red and white, and the gold trim was painted silver. The cars were transformed into the Fury as it was depicted in the movie. A little known fact from the movie was that they did not use remote control on any of the scenes; when the car would turn “evil”, the windows turned black except for one small area that was tinted. The stunt driver was only able to drive the car with little forward sight, and cables were used for other parts of the action.

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1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Hearse from Ghostbusters

Ecto-1, as the car was known, was originally purchased in poor shape for $4800 but needed many upgrades during the build including suspension and brake mods. The modified gurney in the back was for carrying the proton packs. Many of the cool looking gadgets mounted on the roof and outside of the car were for looks only and never used in the movie. The car still makes celebrity appearances from time to time. Later another Ecto-1 (or USO) replica was built to cruise around the Universal Studios Park to entertain guests, but eventually was parked on a back lot. However, that car sold in 2010 for a reported $80,000 at a collector car auction.

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1966 Chrysler Imperial from The Green Hornet

Last but not least, two original “Black Beauties” as they were known, were built by George Barris for the late 60’s TV show Green Hornet, however, only the second car-the one with all the gadgets-survived. This original hero car now resides in the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. Superheroes of the 1960’s had to have an edge, either a super cool suit (with a cape of course) or futuristic weapons to take out the bad guys. But if you were to be near the top of the coolest Super’s you had a wicked looking vehicle, I mean after all Batman had the weapons, suits, and the Batmobile! Green Hornet and his sidekick Kato (played by the late Bruce Lee) had one of the best looking cars on the planet and it was loaded with high-tech weapons and crime fighting tools, including front and rear mounted machine guns. By the way, yes, it had the 440 cubic inch V8 pumping out over 350 horsepower, for all of those high-speed getaways.

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